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Vonnie L. Lightfoot


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Vonnie L. Lightfoot Obituary
Vonnie L. Lightfoot, 78, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 15, 2014, with his family by his side. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood. Memorials: To honor Vonnie, any donations may be made to the Fort Worth Songwriters' Association where he was a longstanding member and supporter. Vonnie was born in Bennington, Okla., on April 16, 1936. Although Vonnie was born in Oklahoma, his family moved to Dallas when he was 6 years old. He always said he, "got to Texas as soon as I could!" He graduated Adamson High School, Dallas, 1954, and then joined the U.S. Marines. Vonnie worked for both the Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, although his heart was always in the music industry as a performer/singer and songwriter. In his earlier years, he performed with The Martells, an early rock and roll, rhythm and blues band popular in 1957-1982. Vonnie continued recording his own self-titled CD's at Yorktown Digital Recording Studio earning him a Grammy nomination in 2010 for "Angels in the Dust," a tribute to the heroes of September 11. He is now joined once again in heaven with his loving parents, Lonnie and Lela Lightfoot, and his beloved sister, Nadine Robinson. Survivors: Son, Steven Lightfoot and wife, Kathy; daughter, Stacey Lightfoot-Morse and husband, Chris; grandchildren, April, Alex, Autumn and husband, Ryan, Morgan and Conner; great-grandson, Ryker; as well as his first love and lifetime friend, Sharon Lightfoot.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 20, 2014
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